B vitamins have been shown to lower homocysteine in the blood stream, which may be a greater contributor to heart disease than smoking or cholesterol.
In addition to Vitamin C’s antioxidant qualities, it has also been shown to reduce risks for cataracts, cancer, colds, and viruses. Our 500mgVita-C has a unique sustained-release system based on all-natural plant gums and waxes, maintaining high levels of Vitamin C for an amazing 24 hours in the blood.
Vitamin E / Omega / Carotenoids - Several studies have indicated that Vitamin E may reduce risk of death of heart disease by a whopping 40%! Our Vita-E also contains grapeseed extract which offers additional antioxidant protection for the heart. When combined with antioxidants Vita-C and Carotenoids, the protection may be even greater. Carotenoids provide antioxidants to help prevent plaque from forming. Omega-3 fatty acids make red blood cells more slippery to reduce risk of clots.
Acidophilus and Bifidus essential flora is for intestinal health. Toxins that tend to accumulate in the lower intestines adversely affect the health of the entire body … from cholesterol management (prevents reabsorption of cholesterol from lower intestines) … to candida yeast infection … to digestive disorders and allergies. Friendly bacteria is important for the brain and to reduce inflammation.
Additional supplements contribute to a comprehensive cholesterol lowering program:
Cholesterol reducing product- this product offers clinically proven ingredients that help prevent absorption of cholesterol and lower LDL (“bad”) cholesterol. It is made with a powerful blend of sterols and stanols, which are found naturally in plants, fruits, vegetables, and grains.
**If on cholesterol lowering drug, it also critical to consider CoQ10 as the liver inhibits CoQ10 production as well as inhibits cholesterol. Another drug side effect is increased inflammation.
Omega-3 Fish Oil - Reduces 3 risk factors for heart disease; helps lower cholesterol, triglycerides, and elevated blood pressure. Also a natural anti-inflammatory.
Garlic- In addition to lowering serum cholesterol, garlic has also been shown to lower triglycerides and blood glucose in diabetics. It acts as a natural anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and protects the liver from toxins, kills intestinal parasites, and also is used as a treatment for colic when breast-feeding.
Weight Loss Shake or Soy Protein Shake– Isoflavones are special substances in soy that are believed to help lower cholesterol, reduce risk of breast and prostate cancer, help control PMS and menopausal symptoms, and reduce the risk of kidney and gall stones. Not all soy foods contain as high a level of isoflavones as this convenient drink mix. Non-GMO.
Fiber binds with cholesterol-rich bile acids preventing absorption into the blood, thus lowering blood cholesterol levels — clinically tested at Stanford University School of Medicine this fiber is as effective as cholesterol lowering drugs with no side effects and contains more soluble fiber than any other natural food
Fiber Tablets – Will also help add needed dietary fiber. Each serving provides 3 grams of dietary fiber with just 5 calories – easy to take and simple to do what’s good for you.
Additional Nutrients to Consider:
CoQ10– Coenzyme Q10 is a natural substance produced by every cell in the body. By age 20 we have reached our maximum production and levels begin to decline. The liver is an important manufacturing site for CoQ though. Statin drugs (prescribed for cholesterol lowering) block the liver’s pathway for making this essential substance for heart health. Ours now has tripled it’s dose and has resveratrol!!
Our exclusive resveratrol-anti-aging product – Emerging research indicates remarkable cellular repair that occurs with anti-oxidant substances in nature called polyphenols. Very new and exciting research out of Harvard University is studying many benefits to the heart, including reduction in LDL (bad cholesterol) and increase in HDL (good cholesterol). This remarkable product resveratrol and additional polyphenols which scientists believe greatly increase cellular longevity … and help repair components of the cell that can lead to serious diseases including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and Alzheimers Disease.
Who might want to use the above products or consider a cholesterol lowering program?
People with slightly elevated cholesterol (between 200 and 240) or low HDL (below 50).
People with high cholesterol levels (above 240) and whose doctors may have recommended statin drugs: In which case, you may choose to stay on the medication and simply add the above recommendations (with consultation with your physician). When your cholesterol levels drop and you’ve made changes in your diet and exercise regimes, you and your healthcare provider may want to try removing or reducing the drug to help avoid the side effects.
People who wish to be proactive and begin heart healthy practices before cholesterol levels rise: Baby boomers. Others with family histories of heart disease.
the above suggestions written by nutritionist Barbara Lagoni - thank you!!